Gawker: A bill passed the California Senate today that would mandate that all public schools teach gay history. It doesn’t say how much history must be taught or at which grade, just that gays be added to the list of social and ethnic groups whose stories must be taught to schoolchildren.
This makes sense, not only to educate everyone about the heroism of people like Harvey Milk but also because it may keep gay kids from being bullied. But just in case you’re wondering, no, donating the stack of old Honchos in the back of your closet to a school will not help anyone learn “history.” Pervert.
Outsports: A high school wrestler in the Fresno, Calif., suburb of Clovis has been charged with sexual assault on a teammate for using a move that his coaches taught him and that has been around for decades. The “butt drag” involves grabbing the buttocks of an opponent and sticking a finger in his anus. It is a legal wrestling move…but authorities in Clovis have charged team captain Preston Hill with sexual assault, and Hill has been expelled from school. Some are crying foul on the District Attorney. From the Fresno Bee:
Former Fresno State coach Dennis DeLiddo said the butt drag is a common move used by wrestlers all the time. “I’ve never heard this move used as being ugly or dirty,” he said.
On Friday, DeLiddo was at a wrestling tournament in Las Vegas. During a telephone interview, he said, “a coach just yelled out butt drag” to encourage one of his wrestlers to use it.
District Attorney Elizabeth Egan declined to comment. But Michael Idiart, a former assistant Fresno County district attorney, said he would not have filed criminal charges because wrestlers know that once they get on the mat, they are consenting to pain — and sometimes embarrassment.
“If this is a legitimate and recognized wrestling move, the DA has no case,” he said.
Gene Dermody, a longtime wrestler and wrestling coach, wondered if the alleged “victim” was wearing the proper gear at the time.
With required strong tight material nylon/lycra briefs under a required singlet, there is NO WAY there could be finger penetration. I am a stickler for enforcing at least compression shorts under baggy shorts like they do in MMA if they do not have briefs and singlets. There is a reason for the gear.
I don’t know what happened that day. But I do know that calling the cops and ruining the kid’s life by charging him with sexual assault goes way too far. I’m totally against any form of hazing, but this isn’t hazing. I agree with Fresno Bee columnist Bill McEwen: The alleged victim has gone too far.
MetroUK: Lady Gaga is getting ordained to marry gay fans on stage
It seems there’s not much Gaga can’t do, so being involved in her fans’ wedding ceremonies is just the latest box she wants to tick.
The Alejandro singer is reportedly trying to be ordained in California, now that the state is moving towards legalising gay marriage.
She was famously against Proposition 8, that rules against same-sex marriages, and she wrote on her Twitter page: ‘At the moments notice of PROP 8 DEATH I instantly began to write music.
‘BUBBLE DREAMS FOREVER! FULL EQUALITY! THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!’
A source told Heat Magazine that the star has already taken an online course and is set to undertake the full paperwork to become an ordained minister.
LezGetReal: Wednesday, March 3rd, California State Senator, Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) was pulled over in his state-issued black Chevy Tahoe. There was an unidentified man travelling with the senator.
Sources say the senator had just left the gay nightclub, Faces, when police noticed the car swerving dangerously and pulled him over.
He was arrested without incident and charged with two misdemenors: driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher. The unidentified man in the vehicle with Senator Ashburn was not detained.
Senator Ashburn was released from the Sacramento County Jail on a $1,400 bond.
Roy Ashburn, who is the divorced father of four daughters, ran on a family-values platform and had voted against a bill to recognise out-of-state same sex marraiges, hosted a Traditional Values Coalition rally in Bakersfield, and received a perfect score of 100% on the Capitol Resource Family Impact scorecard for never voting yes to any equality legislation, ever.
San Francisco, California (CNN) — A gay couple challenging Proposition 8 in federal court Monday said civil unions and domestic partnerships aren’t the same as marriages, something they view as a stepping stone toward starting a family.
“[It's] like putting a Twinkie at the end of a treadmill and saying, ‘You can only have a bite,’ ” testified Paul Katami, one of the plaintiffs. “And you want the whole thing. … All I want is to be married.”
Katami and his partner, Jeffrey Zarrillo, are among plaintiffs asking Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to issue an injunction against the enforcement of California’s Proposition 8, arguing the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
If allowed to marry his partner, 36-year-old Zarrillo said he would finally feel equal and complete.